Tim Scott and the meaning of a rescued Rottweiller


U.S. Sen. Tim Scott’s photo is on the cover of the Charleston Animal Society’s 2015 winter publication “Carolina Tails” promoting his firsthand account of how a rescued Rottweiller puppy boosted the morale of his 84-year-old grandfather.

After his grandmother died, Scott, R-S.C., saw an increasing sense of loneliness in his granddad. So the family got him a pup named Sam who would grow to 135 pounds.

Scott wrote, “If you had gone to my grandfather’s home and watched him play with his dog in the yard at 93 years old, you would know that without question ... that my grandfather’s health and his happiness, was stronger and better because of his companion, Sam.”

Scott is a longtime Animal Society backer.

The website Slate recently took issue with Statehouse bills filed in South Carolina and Texas that would eliminate salaries for judges and other courthouse staff who perform duties tied to gay marriage.

S.C. House Bill 3022, co-sponsored by Reps. Bill Chumley, R-Spartanburg, and Greenville Republicans Garry Smith and Mike Burns, prohibits spending taxpayer funds for any activity “related to the licensing and support of same-sex marriage.”

Slate said the law has no chance of surviving a legal challenge should it pass the Statehouse. “By threatening to lay off any state judge who dares use federal law to strike down anti-gay state statutes, Texas and South Carolina would be in clear violation of the supremacy clause,” the site argued.

But the article also notes the two Southern states have resisted the federal government before.

“If the states’ track records are any indication, Texas and South Carolina will go as far as they can to debase and degrade the gay Americans living within their borders,” the site said.

With time running out on his career in office, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley is making his final appearances at many events as the city’s leader.

On Monday, he will take part in the city’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade. Later in the week, he will be among the nearly 300 mayors in Washington, D.C., for the 83rd winter meeting the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

The mayoral race is in November.

While there was no time given for S.C. Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth to recite her poem “One River, One Boat” at Gov. Nikki Haley’s inaugural last week, there are those who want to give her as much time as she wants.

State Rep. Wendell Gilliard, D-Charleston, joined the list of those giving her credit, inviting her to speak to the S.C. Legislative Black Caucus at a time and place to be set later.

Gilliard said he was “inspired” by her poem about race and slavery that couldn’t be fitted into the inaugural ceremony. U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., read the poem into the congressional record last week.

The 2015 S.C. Tea Party Coalition Convention will have at least four speakers with 2016 presidential aspirations today and tomorrow.

On Sunday, the lineup includes Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Dr. Ben Carson. Monday features former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and celebrity developer Donald Trump.

This year’s theme is “The American Dream — An Opportunity, Not An Entitlement.”

More than 600 people are expected to attend the gathering at Springmaid Beach Resort. It concludes Monday.

Compiled by Post and Courier political reporters